Oklahoma City abortionist Naresh Patel accepted on Friday a guilty plea in a fraud case resulting in a $20,000 fine and the loss of his medical license.
In 2014, Patel sold three non-pregnant undercover investigators posing as pregnant women the RU-486 abortion drug at a price of $620 apiece. He conceded that he made the women believe it was his opinion “as a medical doctor” that they were each “pregnant when in fact the patients were not pregnant.”
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt declared that “Patel’s reckless and reprehensible behavior threatened the lives of his patients,” and that the punishment “ensures he no longer will be a danger to the health and safety of women as a medical professional.”
In addition to the fine and loss of license, Patel also will take 10 years of probation, 18 days of weekend incarceration, court costs, $100 in victim compensation, $2,035 in restitution to the attorney general’s office, and is never to hold direct or indirect interest in any medical clinic.
Patel’s abortion clinic was just one of three remaining in Oklahoma. His clinic has been closed since his December 2014 arrest.